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[fiks-cher] /ˈfɪks tʃər/
something securely, and usually permanently, attached or appended, as to a house, apartment building, etc.:
a light fixture; kitchen fixtures.
a person or thing long established in the same place or position.
  1. any of various devices for holding work in a machine tool, especially one for machining in a straight line, as in a planer or milling machine.
  2. any of various devices for holding parts in certain positions during welding, assembly, etc.
Law. a movable chattel, as a machine or heating plant, that, by reason of annexation to real property and adaptation to continuing use in connection with the realty, is considered a part of the realty.
Fox Hunting. one of a series of meets scheduled by a hunt to take place at a time and location listed on a card (fixture card) that is sent, usually once a month, to each member of a hunt.
the act of fixing.
British. an event that takes place regularly.
Origin of fixture
1590-1600; variant of obsolete fixure (< Late Latin fixūra; see fix, -ure), with -t- from mixture
Related forms
fixtureless, adjective Unabridged
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  • This fixture is so constructed that all waste pipes and trap come under the floor level with no way of getting to them from below.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • We then get a more definite idea of the nut, which was in most cases a fixture.

  • As with a box camera the extension is a fixture, the size of stop to be used is a fixture also.

  • Dinner alone was a "fixture;" everything else was at the caprice of each.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • Still, up to this day, the fixture of a nose upon the puppet-hero's frontispiece has not been attempted.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for fixture


an object firmly fixed in place, esp a household appliance
a person or thing regarded as fixed in a particular place or position
(property law) an article attached to land and regarded as part of it
a device to secure a workpiece in a machine tool
(mainly Brit)
  1. a sports match or social occasion
  2. the date of such an event
(rare) the act of fixing
Derived Forms
fixtureless, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin fixūra a fastening (with -t- by analogy with mixture)
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Word Origin and History for fixture

1590s, "act of fixing," perhaps from fix (v.) on model of mixture. Meaning "anything fixed or securely fastened" is from 1812.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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